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adopt the best practices for sustainable landscape. thank you. supervisor maxwell: all right, next speaker, please. >> i am from the urban farmers store. we have been active in irrigation for well over 30 years. i was involved in the right of the precursor to the state law that spawned all of the local -- and local ordinances. -- spot all of the local ordinances. i applaud the ordinance. with the prior ordinance, there was a lack of compliance, which i would like to encourage some outreach on. there will be plenty of people to do not know about it.
there are folks in the landscape industry to do not know about it right now. there will be people who have small landscapes and they do not fall into having to comply. they should be educated. so i think there is a chance here to make it work, but there will be a need to have outreach. as far as the plan to list, which of the plan to list, -- as far as the plant list, it was good, but i do not think they saw it as a prescription. there are going to be plenty of plants that are not want to be on that list and need to be recognized, and the irrigation skills, they are not as high.
it will be hard to get compliance. it will be hard finding the people to do the work that the ordinance calls for, so it will have to work while rolling it out. supervisor maxwell: thank you. >> supervisors, my name is francisco. i would like to see the empirical data linked to this. first and foremost, you must remember that most of the water that we get is from hetch hetchy, and the act was established, no consideration was given to those who own that water. you hear the sfpuc, and they
have no enforcement. we have to the of the miles of water pipes, and over 85% of them are leaking and leaking into a watershed, and we need to factor that into such type of deliberations. also, because sfpuc that is the main vendor that sells water to 2.4 million customers, we need to incorporate some kind of mechanism to tell us that if we conserve water in whatever manner, how do the other people in the other areas, san mateo and all of them who use a lot of water, what will they do? all long time ago, when the golden gate park was formed,
those geniuses, those engineers used windmills. for years and years and years what have we done about gray water? i just came back from australia and new zealand, where they conserve a lot of water, and as the gentleman said, we talk the talk, but we cannot walk the walk, because what is the percentage of homes in san francisco that have a mechanism where they have gray water? now, if you get into areas like the presidio, but and this is with the hetch-hetchy water, using a lot of it for irrigation, they are making some moves to use gray water, but they waste a lot of clean water, and we do not have to go for. right here at city hall, each
time you flush. so what i am saying is this. we need to conserve water because water is going to be a resource that is very precious. we already know about, but we have to have a holistic approach. we have to of empirical data into outreach. we need to give them the best. thank you very much. supervisor maxwell: next speaker. >> walter paulson, land use, good afternoon. ♪ solid food in the forest and the streams, and it is getting better, it seems the water efficiency, rocky mountain high i see conservation water in the
sky. a poor guy if you never tried conservation. give it a try. rocky mount a high in the city rocky mountain heinrich's -- mountain high end i'd like to see conservation in the oceans and rivers and streams make it better, please california, san francisco rocky mountain high it is going to get better i know it is going to get better please try why? we need better water and more ♪ [applause]
>> good afternoon. nice to see you. we are strong supporters of the ordnance, and i kind of feel like singing. [laughter] it is hard to believe that it is too years -- two years since this was done. this was to increase diversions from the tuolumne. this allowed it to move forward, so we are all working together now, and i have been really
impressed with all of the measures that the puc has undertaken, mr. harrington, and they engaged all the stakeholders and got a lot of input. we applaud them for that. and we hope that you will move it forward. thank you very much. supervisor chiu: chair maxwell, can i ask a question? from palo alto. what is going on in the surrounding counties? >> one area already committed them 25 million gallons per day of conservation, and then through a program, they were encouraged to do another 10, so they have created a conservation and recycling implementation plan, and all the agencies seem to be taking it fairly
seriously. the urban water management plans are going to get started, too, and they are going to incorporate a 20% reduction by 2020, so there is going to be a lot of effort going into that. i am not on the council anymore. i do still lobbied them though. we directed staff best years to reduce the water use by 20% by 2020, and i was action disappointed in that staff looked at a 10-year period, 2004, to use as a base line, and, presto, we have already met the 20%, so i could only get a few votes to go further, but we are still pressing them. historically, wrote there were 100,000 salmon spawning in the river. last year, there were only 280, so we are really on the brink, and that is why it is important to conserve. supervisor maxwell: thank you.
next speaker. >> supervisors, alex. i chair the citizens revisory committee. we supported this. -- citizens advisory committee korea -- committee. we reviewed this proposed legislation twice and made some suggested amendments based on certain members. we have gone through some deliberations. i and that some of the concerns of folks who really look up for small homeowners, people with small plots of land, we did try to address these things, so as we move forward, we hope that you approve this. supervisor maxwell: all right, any further public comment on this item? seeing none, then public comment is closed. if you would like to speak, you
do not have to have a card. you can just come right on up. madam, would you like to speak on this item? ok. is there anybody else? all right, seeing none, public comment is closed. colleagues, without objection? supervisor chiu: can i a note do it also approved supervisor maxwell: -- . will also? -- supervisor chiu: can i do it also? supervisor maxwell: madam clerk, could you read the next two items, please? clerk somera: this is a resolution adopting findings and the california environmental quality act, including the
adoption of a mitigation monitoring and reporting program, and item four, a resolution adopting findings under the california environmental quality act, including the adoption of a mitigation monitoring and reporting program. >> i guess they are not here for my presentation. i am very pleased to be here today with two more of a regional projects moving forward to construction, and, specifically, we are here to us that you adopt the ceqa findings for the pipeline number two replacement project. the eir for the project was certified by the planning department on september 30, and our commission approved the project and adopted the ceqa
findings shortly thereafter, on october 15. supervisor maxwell: could you explain what that stands for? >> water system improvement program. that is the large retrofit of the hetch hetchy, a total cost of $4.60 billion. and there was a well-preserved. -- and there was a resolution. this showed you some of a larger improvement projects on the peninsula. the alignment of the crystal springs pipeline number to the rear project is the one highlighted in blue here on the back. it spans 19 miles between the crystal springs area in the inc.
sandra taylor county all of the way to the reservoir in the city. this is a pipeline that was built between 1903-1937. this is also important to our retail customers in the city. what this project will do is rehabilitate approximately 5 miles at 19 different work sites, and shown here, highlighted in the red circles, are somewhere the work will take place. supervisor maxwell: so isn't duplicating? how can they do that work and not interrupt service? >> because the work will be conducted in a smaller area, we will be able to run the water around the work site. a very good question. we actually had to coordinate all of our work with 10 different jurisdictions.
it require a lot of memorandum of understanding, and we will maintain full service while customers do the work. with the san andreas fault running along the peninsula, the overall purpose of this project is to increase the seismic reliability of our overall system in the peninsula. the improvements that will be completed, it will extend the life of the existing line, and they will also allow us to continue service following a major earthquake the project will also provide us with additional flexibility in terms of operation and maintenance in the peninsula region. so the major elements includes 1.7 miles of pipeline, and this will take place mostly in one town, south san francisco, and san mateo county. we will also do because help line -- " we will also do what
we call "slip linging," -- lining," and this will be concerning a major thoroughfare in the peninsula. there are two bridges across the san mateo creek, and there is also miscellaneous work, but the painting of exposed pipes and during the system to prevent corrosion. supervisor maxwell: so the slip line, you have a pipe that is what diameter? >> i think it varies from 54 inches to over 70 inches. we wanted to make sure that we could maintain adequate capacity, and in this case, we are. supervisor maxwell: and the slip lining will --
>> we will dig them up and install new lines. supervisor maxwell: with these, you should be able to go -- >> what you are doing is coming up with a brand new condit, which will be able to withstand the shaking of a major seismic event -- a brand new conduit. >> and, obviously, it must be all straight lines. >> and you can insert bends, but the idea is that you only need to do a replacement as opposed to tearing other things up. it is steel pipe. i do not know exactly. do not quote me on that. that would be my guess. supervisor maxwell: ok.
>> so if you approve this item today, this shares to the implementation time line for the remainder of the project. we have already advertise the contracts. bids are due december 1, and if all goes according to plan, we will begin construction in february 2011, a total duration of the construction work just under two years. and finally, i wanted to me with an update about where we stand budget wise, both of the project and other level, and this shows that we're on track to deliver the project on budget if we do not have any variance at this point, and a programmable, we are now predicting a cost savings around $63 million. supervisor maxwell: cost savings coming from -- >> well, we already have a
budget approved for the overall program, and right now, we are forecasting savings in the order of $63 million, which means we would have to sell less revenue bonds, which will benefit everyone, and which, in turn, will lower the rate increases that will be required in the long term to pay back. supervisor maxwell: and where does this savings come from? >> very low bids, a very low bidding environment -- a very competitive bidding environment. for the last two or three years, everything has been lower, very aggressive bidding korea in hopes that we are pretty much the only show in california right now -- aggressive bidding. it helps that we are pretty much the only show in california right now. supervisor maxwell: thank you. we will open for public comment at this time. i only have one card at the moment, francisco.
>> supervisors, you know i also attend the san francisco public utilities commission meetings, wrote and i was waiting to hear about a section of the area that were shown on the note where there is going to be tunneling, and this is something new. there is also how it impacts the economy of this area. you do not ask any questions about the, you know? as far as i know, $4.20 billion
expended toward this project, she mentioned $4.60 billion. that is a lot of money. in the $2.40 billion is our money, san francisco. you do not ask any questions. it is billions of dollars but are expended for this project, and we have had this conversation before. how many jobs are given to us? no, this may not be the real topic of jobs, but it is linked to the project. no, when the board of supervisors said they were not going to give all of the money,
they were going to wait for the ceqzm -- ceqa, ceqa looks at a lot of things. the reason we have that is that we do not look at one or two things. so i do not have to teach you all, you know, but that should not be given just as a general manner, and none of you as the questions that are pertinent. no, it is true we got low bids, but with low bids come inferior jobs may bema it -- ybe, -- maybe, but if our portion of this is $2.40 billion, how many good jobs are given to san
franciscans? thank you very much. supervisor maxwell: any further comments on this item? seeing none, the public, and -- ok. walter? >> on the crystal springs pipeline. ♪ on the crystal springs pipeline i hope you fix that -- that line you are going to make it shine you just keep on working on that item and make it really fine da da da da, item four and it is time you tell me all that you find on item four, that damn
pipeline, and made it really fine -- and make it really fine you keep pushing it away it is time ♪ supervisor maxwell: anybody else? you do not have to sing. seeing none, public comment is closed. [gavel] colleagues, on item. four, without objection? so moved. madam clerk, could you read item 5? clerk somera: item number five, a resolution urging the department of building inspection to digitally much of the status and condition of the historic sacred art church --
monitor the status in condition. -- and condition. supervisor maxwell: we are joined by supervisor mirkarimi. supervisor mirkarimi: there is a substitute resolution, talking about the historic register, more accurately describing the historic resources that were removed. there is a request that the department of building inspection and the city attorney and dbi fully investigate the violation of the building code and bring enforcement action as well as a public report on the outcome. finally, the substitute alter some verve tents and other errors. the reason we're here is for the particular and historical framework. one, sacred heart church has
stood for nearly 114 years. it is a landmark silhouette on the city landscape. it is beautiful where it stands. the sacred heart church was built by the irish and became the largest irish parish west of secaucas, subsequently serving all image chris, including the italians, latinos, african- americans, and filipino americans during hard times -- subsequently serving all immigrants. there is some families. it is also home to a gospel choir. sacred heart church stood after
the loma prieta earthquakes, providing food and shelter to the victims, highlighting her tradition in social services. also the 1989 earthquake. the services that sacred heart gained, a strong recognition during the 1960's and 1970's, it was also home to the black panther breakfast program for children. when i came into office in 2005, the church had been sold by the archdiocese's 28 the ramp -- sold by the archdiocese to a philanthropist. there is strong sentiment in the community, and they wanted to continue the relationship with
the church. there are many people in the community that have a long time generational rapport and are very sad to see that the church was to be sold, and then to be converted into a non church space. many of those people had asked for their to the intervention to prevent demolition or it means to preserve it. that was a conversation i had with mr. furth back in 2005. there were expectations from two dozen 5 that there would be -- there were expectations from 2005 that there would not be any demolition of the church whatsoever and that there would be a collaborative spirit, which, for while, it looked like
it was occurring. however, that seemed to turn a corner for the worse. what we have learned is that there was with up a proper permit being obtain, in essence, in the middle of night, the best parts of the church, the stained glass windows, the marble, can we see it, please? this is what had always been there it. i do not know if you can see it very well. go ahead. and then you can show what happened after -- supervisor maxwell: